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NCA offers two certification program opportunities. Both certifications require applicants to submit documentation of education and experience which allow them to receive the designation.


Application Fees

  • CCNP - CACFP Child Nutrition Professional  $75.00
     
  • CMP - CACFP Management Professional   $175.00
  • Dual - CCNP and CMP $250.00


Renewal Application Fees

  • CCNP - CACFP Child Nutrition Professional  $50.00
     
  • CMP - CACFP Management Professional   $100.00
  • Dual - CCNP and CMP $150.00

Dual Certification

CACFP Professionals may apply for both certifications. If you apply for both at the same time, candidates must submit documentation of education and experience as well as the application fee for each of the certification designations. CEUs will be applied to either the CCNP or CMP, but not both. Please indicate which requirement you would like to apply the credit to when submitting your application.

Incomplete Applications

If NCA receives an incomplete application, candidates will receive an email requesting any additional documentation needed to earn your certification. Requested documents must be received by NCA within 30 calendar days of receipt of notice. If NCA receives your documents after 30 calendar days, you will have to re-submit the entire application and pay the initial certification fee again. 

Application fee is non-refundable.

Application Process


STEP 1
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 Review Certification Handbook for new and renewal application requirements and gather education documentation. Complete the Calculating Continued Education Worksheet, BE SURE to download and save the worksheet before you fill it out. 

STEP 2. Complete the online application and make your payment. Application fees are non-refundable.

  • If paying by credit card, you will be directed to the payment screen to make your payment after the application has been submitted.
  • If paying by check, include a printed copy of the online application with your check. Make checks payable to National CACFP Sponsors Association and remit payment to National CACFP Sponsors Association, PO Box 1748, Round Rock, TX 78680. 

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3 Years Experience
(16) Hours in Specialty 1
(16) Hours total with minimum (3) hours in each of Specialties 1‐2 or 3  

1 Year Experience
Associate degree or higher
(16) Hours in Specialty 1

1 Year Experience
Associate degree or higher
(12) Hours in Specialty 1
(4) Hours in Specialties 2 or 3

     
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8 years Experience
(4) Hours in Specialties 1 or 2
(4) Hours in Specialties 5 or 6
(8) Hours in Specialties 4 or 7

5 years Experience
Associate degree or higher
(4) Hours Specialties 1 or 2
(4) Hours in Specialties 5 or 6
(8) Hours in Specialties 4 or 7

5 years Experience
(12) Hours Specialties 1 or 2
(12) Hours in Specialties 5 or 6
(12) Hours in Specialties4 or 7
(24) Hours in Specialties 1‐7 with a minimum of (2) Hours per specialty

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